Reelection campaign begins
12:12 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Malloy announces candidacy for reelection

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says he will seek a second term in office. The Democrat made the announcement Friday following a meeting of the State Bond Commission. Malloy previously said he would unveil his decision after the legislative session adjourns in May. He said he and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman made a "mutual decision" to run again and "intend to be around a while." Republicans who are running for governor include Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.

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"Three men in a room"
9:50 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Budget decisions made behind closed doors in long Albany tradition

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, right, and press secretary Michael Whyland walk to through the War Room on their way to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office for a legislative leaders budget meeting at the Capitol on Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

When a budget deal is finally reached in Albany, average New Yorkers will have had little access to the details of the important items that Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers are discussing. That’s because, the long Albany tradition known as "three men in a -room" continues.

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Minimum wage to be $10.10 by 2017
9:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Malloy signs bill raising Conn. minimum wage

Conn. Governor Dannel Malloy signed the minimum wage bill into law at Cafe Beauregard in New Britain on Thursday. The restaurant's owner, Robert Chiovoloni, looks on.
Credit Craig LeMoult

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill on Thursday to raise the state’s minimum wage to 10 dollars and 10 cents an hour by 2017.  The increase brings Connecticut in line with a federal minimum wage hike proposed by President Barack Obama.

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Lawmakers ask for more than approved 2 years ago
6:32 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Appropriations Committee adds $12 million to Malloy's budget proposal

The Appropriations Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly approved a revised state budget on Thursday that spends $12 million more than was recommended by Governor Dannel Malloy. The plan was approved by a vote of 26 to 19.

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Lawmakers not "thrilled" with dorms
5:05 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

15 years and FBI raid, dorm bill finally gets attention

Credit courtesy of NY Senate

News this week that the FBI raided the offices of yet another New York State lawmaker has pushed into the limelight a little known piece of legislation authored by a Long Island senator. Babylon Republican Phil Boyle has, for the last 15 years, wanted lawmakers to live in a dorm.   

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Slight job boost in Conn.; Dip on Long Island
4:40 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Winter weather plays the villain in Conn. & Long Island labor reports

Labor numbers out Thursday show a slight increase in employment in Connecticut, and a dip on Long Island.  Labor economists on both sides of the Sound say the weather is playing a key role.

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Gov. Malloy to sign bill into law
11:28 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Conn. lawmakers approve bill to increase minimum wage

Credit cga.ct.gov

State lawmakers in Connecticut have become the first in the country to pass legislation that will increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.  The minimum wage will rise to $10.10 by 2017.  That's the same rate President Barack Obama wants for the federal minimum wage by 2015.

Democratic Governor  Dannel Malloy applauded the move and says he'll sign it on Thursday evening in New Britain, where Obama appeared to press for a $10.10 national wage.

The bill passed the state House , 87-54, and the Senate, 21-14.

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Offices raided, accusations denied
6:57 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

NY lawmakers draw attention of FBI

New York lawmakers in both the Assembly and the Senate are coming under scrutiny from the FBI. The State Capitol offices of an Assemblyman were raided, and a State Senator gave a tour of her home property in an attempt to debunk accusations from federal investigators that she engaged in an illegal land deal. 

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Moratorium possible on Common Core test results
6:25 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

NY lawmakers consider delaying effects of Common Core testing

New York lawmakers say it’s likely the state budget will include a moratorium on the effects of school exams administered in connection with the controversial Common Core learning standards.

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New Haven architect says nature will be a theme
5:22 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Architect presents design for new Sandy Hook Elementary School

A display in Newtown on Tuesday night of designs for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School
Credit Davis Dunavin

Officials in Newtown heard design plans for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School at a town meeting Tuesday. Residents voted last fall to tear down the building where 20 students and 6 teachers were shot in 2012. The school construction is being paid for with a $50 million state grant. 

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